Mr Pac-10's Picks

Mr Pac-10's Picks

Collegefootballnews' Matthew Smith Picks all the Winners for all Bowl Games through Dec 30th

Pac-10 Games

Arizona (+4.5) vs Oklahoma St
This is an interesting game. Both teams can put loads of points on the board, and neither has been consistently good at playing defense (though both have had some good moments). Now that this is the new Pac-10 #2 vs Big 12 #3 game, something tells me the Holiday Bowl "always pick the upset" tradition should continue. Arizona has clearly struggled of late, but they're still a very good team with a very good quarterback, that can beat almost anyone when they get hot. With about a month to let the Territorial Cup loss to ASU fester, something tells me the Wildcats are going to bring their "A" game, while I suspect the Cowboys won't, given that this is a downgrade from last year's Cotton Bowl trip, and that they'll know full well have Arizona struggled late this year and got demolished by Nebraska in last year's bowl game. And since I don't think that the Cowboys are really that much better than Arizona, that motivational edge should prove to be the difference.
Arizona 35, Oklahoma St 31

Washington (+14) vs Nebraska
It's the Holiday Bowl, so pick the underdog, right? Well, probably not this time. The Huskers are the better team, by a pretty solid amount, so there's little reason to think they blow this one. Still, Washington won at USC, blasted Syracuse (who's halfway decent) and ended the year on a solid streak, so there's hope. It's a bowl game, so you never know, but realistically the Huskies should make a game of it, but probably won't pull out the win.
Nebraska 38, Washington 28

Non-Pac-10 Games

UTEP vs BYU (-11.5)
BYU 31, UTEP 24

NIU (-2) vs Fresno St
Fresno St 28, NIU 24
Fresno in a bowl game? Pick the underdog. That was easy.

Ohio vs Troy (-2)
Troy 34, Ohio 31

Louisville (-3) vs USM
Louisville 28, USM 27

Utah vs Boise St (-17)
Boise St 35, Utah 23

Navy vs SD St (-4.5)
Navy 38, SD St 31
It's Navy in a bowl game. They pretty much always win their bowl games.

Tulsa vs Hawaii (-10)
Hawaii 35, Tulsa 27

FIU vs Toledo (-1.5)
Toledo 31, FIU 28

Georgia Tech vs Air Force (-3)
Air Force 28, Georgia Tech 24

NC St vs West Virginia (-3)
NC St 31, West Virginia 24

Iowa vs Missouri (-1)
Mizzou 31, Iowa 28

ECU vs Maryland (-7)
Maryland 35, ECU 17

Illinois vs Baylor (-1)
Illinois 34, Baylor 28

Army vs SMU (-7.5)
SMU 38, Army 34

Kansas St vs Syracuse (-1)
K St 28, Syracuse 24

UNC (-1.5) vs Tennessee
UNC 35, Tennessee 28

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